Sunday, December 30, 2007

Bloggers Challenge - Inspiration

I hope you all forgive me for being a bit late with my Friday Bloggers Challenge. The holidays have kept me busy! I haven't had nearly enough time for stamping. On the flip side, I have had loads of family time! I am really enjoying it. Christmas was this last week and we had my father in law in town. He is always lots of fun. Then, I had my anniversary this weekend as well! 18 years. Can you believe it? With the number of kids I have...yes, you can believe it!
Anyway! We had a bloggers challenge to make something based on something we saw that inspired us. We had this challenge a month or so ago as well, and I knew right off what I was going to do. Of course, I never did get it done that week so I was excited to have another chance. This is a beach towel that found residence in our home a while ago. (I swear, we collect more towels, socks, and random shoes that should be allowed!) The colors were just so vivid and bright and, frankly, colors I would never put together, that I was dying to play with them. I decided to use the new Time Well Spent set from the upcoming SU catalog. (You know, nothing stamps better than New Stamps!) I chose cardstock in Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise and Garden Green because I thought they were pretty close to my inspiration towel. I stamped flowers on to both the green galore and turquoise with the coordinating color ink and then highlighted different areas with my white gel pen, Garden Green marker and the Versamarker. I was going to use my torquoise marker, but it was a bit dry and I liked the look of the Vpen better. I attached my green galore and turquoise cardstock to my garden green card base and added a strip of soft sky across the middle and a scrap piece of ribbon from the Flirty ribbon from last year. The sentiment is stamped with Artichoke and colored in with the M3. I thought it turned out pretty close to the inspiration. I loved the turquoise background so much I made a second card with it!

This one is way simpler. I simply stuck the strip of flowered paper to a confetti white card base, stamped the dots from Along the Same Lines in Artichokse and then mounted the Friends, which I inked with my Garden Green marker, over the part where I didn't line the dots up so well. Don't you just love stamping? You can fix anything!

In other news, my little B pulled another tooth tonight. The poor thing was hanging by an invisible thread! He was afraid it would hurt to pull it out, but I convinced him that if he didn't pull it out before bed he would swallow it in his sleep. So, he gave it a TINY tug and it fell out. Such a cutie! He then proceeded to tell his dad the 12 steps to get his tooth to the tooth fairy, get his money, and then get his tooth back. I admit...I scooted over to a pen and paper so I could right them all down! Watch for that scrap page!! We had to have a little photo shoot with my new camera and his new hole. This isn't the best picture isn't the worst either! He is cute no matter what!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Wishing you happiness

I live far away from most of my family. Ever
since I got married, we have lived in a 'far away' place. We lived close for a couple short periods of time during transitions, but for the most part, we have been off on our own. It wasn't so bad at first. We were just starting out and building our own family and it was nice to be able to do things our own way...if you know what I mean. As the kids got older, and the number of children grew, it became harder and harder to go 'home' to visit. Now, we rarely go home. It is sad. I do good all year, but at Christmas time, and especially this year for some reason, it is hard. I miss being able to gather together with the family for the holidays. I am so grateful for all the friends I have made that have become my surrogate family. Stamping has been a great way for me to meet lots of wonderful people! I am so blessed by great friends. They make this season a bit easier.
SO! tonight I am sharing a fun card I made a few days ago with my new CK stamp set. I just HAD to have this huge set of foam stamps that CK offered last month as their "Kit of the month." I don't quite understand my motivation....I was overjoyed when SU did away with their foam stamps.....but, this set is HUGE and I do like to use acrylic paint when I scrap sometimes, and they work great for that! For this card, I used the SU craft white pad and embossed over it with clear. The background paper is from the Love You packet from last year. I paired some pretty patterend organdy and some white ricrak on the side with a flower and pearl from the pretties kit. I have to say that this type of card is not my usual style, if I have one, but was influenced by Bety. She always does great big flowery dimentional cards that look great!
Have a happy weekend!! Take some time to breathe before Christmas too! :o)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Joyful wishes

I got a call this morning from a friend asking if I would make her a special Christmas card for her daughter's teacher. I felt so honored! I was inspired by a project in the January Stampin' Success. That is a magazine that comes to every SU demonstrator each month. It is full of business tips, stamping ideas, organization tips, upcoming specials and just all around good stuff! I tweeked it a bit to fit my taste and the Christmas theme. I think it turned out great. I purchased the Illuminations set right after the Fall catalog came out and have not used it much. I love how elegant it looks here.

All the images are stamped with Chocolate chip. I used the blender pens to pick up ink from mellow moss, burgundy and banana pads to color them in. I cut out the J, the flowers and the leaves and adhered them with Dotto. The pearls are from the Pretties kit and stuck on with mini glue dots. The card base is chocolate chip layered with a sheet of Apple Cider designer paper, river rock, and Ivory naturals cardstock. The scallop border was made using the slot punch and the 1/8" circle punch. I rubbed all the edges with my chalk Mocha pad to soften it all. I even stamped the inside! It seems a shame to leave it empty after all that hard work on the outside!

Now, this isn't a card I would make stacks of, but every now and then we all need to take some time and make a one of a kind master piece. Even if it is a bit cased.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Sympathy card

One of the blogger challenges was to do a sympathy card. I, thankfully, have not had much need for these cards. I'm sure I will in the future. You know...One of those "circle of life things" so I was happy to make one. I used the M3 to color the image on the stamp and then stamped it onto whisper white cardstock. I colored in the image by dipping my blender pen into my pastels and coloring with that. It gives it a faux watercolor effect. I used a sponge dauber to rub some bashful blue chalk around the image to soften it up. I roughed up the edges of the white paper wtih my cutter kit and layered it onto a card base of kraft. The patterned paper is from catalogs past.

I have been making lots of these little mini albums lately. For the cover, I use left over chip board pieces from packages of designer paper or other packaging. I cover them with paper and then use my bind-it-all to punch holes and put the spiral binding on. This one has stamped pages as well. They are loads of fun to make and pretty inexpensive! I went to Staples and had them cut a whole ream of paper into difference sizes for the different books I wanted to make. That was a HUGE time saver! The ribbon on here is SU ribbon from the Holiday mini. It is SO yummy!! The paper is from a craft store somewhere. It is embossed and shimmery. It goes great with the ribbon! I used some hodgepodge hardward for the title and hand wrote Journal.

Hello again!

I did not fall off the face of the earth, more like the earth

fell on my face. LOL Just kidding. I did run into my front door with my face and got a nice big bruise. I will not force you to look at the pictures of that. Let's just say, I am not known for my gracefulness and everyone can tell just by looking at my face.

I have been trying to catch up on loads of stuff before the kiddos are out of school for Christmas break. You couldn't tell by looking at my house tho!

I have done some stamping. I did these for my bloggers challenge group but did not get them out on the days I was supposed to. I will share them anyway and hope the other blogger challenge players will forgive me for my tardiness. This first card is one I made to show versatility in stamps. I made another one but didn't manage to get a picture of it. I love this set! Lovely as a Tree is a perfect stamp set for every occasion. If I was going to have one stamp set, I think it might be this one. It is incredibly versatile. If you don't have one already, let's order you one!

This card was another challenge. We were supposed to do a card using a watercolor technique. I really wanted to use this set. It is SO pretty! My friend Jess ordered it and let me use it before I gave it to her. (Thanks Jess!) I stamped it with black Stazon onto watercolor paper and used the watercolor crayons to color it in. My favorite way to use the WC crayons is to use the aquapainter to pick up color right from the crayons. I don't even take them out of their box. I use them like a huge watercolor pallet. I am not a pro at watercolor yet, but I was pretty happy with how this turned out. I used my new oval scallop nestable dies to cut out the image, layered it over white natural paper, artichoke paper stamped with the french swirl, and some Yummy chocolate satin ribbon. The brad is a fire rhinestone and the words are from a hostess set from last year. I forget the name of it....

In other news, I received my complimentary copy of the new Spring/Summer Stampin' Up! idea book and catalog. (whew!) It is awesome! I am so excited about all the new stamps and especially the new samples! They are even better than the last catalog. Everything is fresh and springy! I'm booking workshops so let me know when you want to hold yours!